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Thread: ABIT AT7 VIA KT333 = good or bad?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2002


    YES, I know I totally ripped the info below off Tweaktown's site for the system specs. However, since no one has posted about this board yet that I have seen, I was wondering if anyone has any real world experience with it yet? I'm always looking for the BBD out there and I really think it's time to retire my current mobo (KG7Raid) and proc (1.4GHz 266 Athlon). I am an ABIT phreak from way back so this is the most logical step for me right now.
    Another question, does anyone know any manufacturer that is selling CAS2 registered 2700DDR?

    ABIT AT7 VIA KT333

    - CPU

    Supports AMD-K7 Athlon /Athlon XP Socket A 200/266MHz FSB Processors

    - Chipset

    VIA KT333 / VIA VT8233A
    Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133
    Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 2X(3.3V)and 4X(1.5V)mode (Sideband) device
    Supports 200/266/333 MHz (100/133/166MHz Double Data Rate) Memory Bus Setting

    - Ultra DMA 133/ RAID ##When will WD make some 8MB cached ATA133 drives?##
    High Point HPT374 IDE Controller
    Ultra DMA 133MB/sec data transfer rate
    RAID 0
    RAID 1
    RAID 0 + 1

    - Memory
    Four 184-pin DIMM sockets support PC1600/PC2100/PC2700 DDR DRAM modules
    Supports DDR333 unbuffered DRAMs up to 2GB and registered DRAMs up to 3GB
    Supports 6 banks up to 3GB DRAMs for unbuffered DDR200/266 modules
    Supports 8 banks up to 3.5GB DRAMs for registered DDR200/266 modules

    - Audio
    Realtek ALC650 (AC-Link)
    Supports 6CH DAC for AC3 5.1 CH purpose
    Professional digital audio interface supporting 24-bit SPDIF OUT
    Card Reader (Optional)
    Supports Memory card (MS or SD) Interface
    Supports SONY Memory Stick Interface/ SD Memory Card Interface
    Supports Compact Flash ROM Interface

    - System BIOS
    SoftMenu™ III Technology to set CPU parameters
    Supports Plug-and-Play (PNP)
    Supports Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI)
    Supports Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
    Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS

    - LAN
    On board Realtek 8100B single chip Ethernet controller interface
    10/100Mb Operation

    - Multi I/O Functions
    2 Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to 4 Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 devices
    4 Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to 8 Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 (RAID 0/1/1+0) devices
    4 USB 1.1 Connectors
    On board VIA VT6202 USB 2.0 header for four extra USB channels
    Three 1394a fully compliant cable ports at 100/200/400 megabits per second
    Audio connector (Line-in, Center/Sub, Surround Spk , Front Spk , Mic-in)

    - Miscellaneous
    ATX form factor
    1 AGP 1.5v slot, 3 PCI slots
    Hardware monitoring (Including Fan speeds, Voltages and System environment temperature)

    Current primary system
    ABIT KG7-Raid
    1.4GHz 266 Athlon
    Crucial 512MB 2100DDR CAS2.5 unregistered
    Enermax 430WT p/s
    8500 ATI Radion OC'd to 310 / 310
    KDS Avitron AV-195TF
    2x WD 800BB HDs in a raid-0
    WD 200BB HD backup
    Pioneer 16x DVD 106-s
    Plextor 24x10x40A
    Hercules Game Theatre XP
    Klipsch 5.1
    D-Link 530TX NIC
    Mitsumi floppy
    SK6 and Delta 7K fan
    All round cables
    Crappy full tower

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001


    altho it has a few extra features, i wouldn't buy it, mainly because its legacy free....
    so if you have a printer that doesn't use USB, you have to either get a new printer to attach it to a computer on the network..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Brisbane, Australia


    That makes sense Andy. But from what I've seen most new printers use USB only, more and more products will be legacy free as time proceeds, and with that I think we'll see more legacy free motherboards from other manafatures. Often in this industry it just takes one company to dive off the diving board and try something new for us to follow. It all depends what market the company is directing their product to in the end.
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004


    it seems to suggest the sound does 24bit sp-dif (optical) and Dolby Digital AC-3 - is that just decoding to 5.1. can it support a optical AC-3 output. or can it do the holy grail (Nvidia style) and do Encoding??

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2004


    Just heard about Milan Ouch!

    RAM - go get mushkin rev2 - 2-2-.... get the idea! about 235$US to ship globaly 512Mb

    living without legacy won't be that bad for normal use, unles you want to attatch things like GPS, cheap data loggers, Home built peripherals which use RS232 or RS482 or is it 3.

    only other Q - Does it have hardwate CPUtemp monitoring using the CPUs own internal thermal diode?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2002


    Well, I have an Epson Stylus Color 600... About 5 years old now I figure. I don't mind replacing it even though it still prints a damn good pic. But as far as the NEED to replace it? Nope. I got 2 other puters in my place attached to my linksys router so I can just print to the network no prob (just as I do now when I'm on the other puters).

    Legacy free sounds damn good though. Still, IRQ sharing could cause some probs (at least Im not using a SB card) since there are only 3 PCI slots. 1 for sound -- 2 for TV tuner -- and 3 for I dunno yet... Still, kinda small when the last few boards I bought have 5 or 6...

    As far as CPU temp goes, my current KG7-R has a heat sensor under the proc... This one most likely will also... If not, I could get a digidoc if I get real concerned. :flames:

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2001


    I love the box , and the mobo
    Athlon XP 1800 + @ 1600
    Gigabyte Ga-7va KT-400
    ASus Gf4 Ti 4200 128
    Seagate Barracuda III
    512mb Kingmax DDR 333

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